My Great Grandmother
(1871-1935) was born in Brighton, Sussex, as were several generations before
her. She married
William Charles Willard
(1866-1950) in 1891 in Portslade, Sussex which is where the family settled.
John Simmons Back
(1843-1898) was a bricklayer and builder. He married
(1842-1885) and her ancestors were Brighton fishermen.
John's parents were
(1824-1847). They did not marry and his mother died when he was only 3½
years old. I don't know what became of his father. John was probably
raised by his mother's younger sister Jane Back (1827-?). She
married 3 times but doesn't appear to have had any children of her own.
The sisters, Ann and Jane, were the daughters of
(1797-1879). They and their parents and siblings were all born in
Brighton. George's father was
(1765-1844) and he had moved to Brighton from Kingston, near Lewes, Sussex
sometime before his marriage to
(1767-1846) in 1786. I believe she was born in Angmering, Sussex.
Later generations seem to have been more consistent with the spelling of their
surname, but even siblings sometimes differed. My Great Grandmother's
birth was registered as Ann Back, she married as either Ann Back
or Buck (can't quite make out the writing on the certificate) and on her
son's birth certificate she was Annie Beck. I think Back was the
most common spelling across the various families, but it changed from one event
(1725-?) settled in Kingston, near Lewes, although he had been born in Newhaven,
Sussex. He married
(1724-1804) in 1753. She was born in Ringmer, Sussex. His name would
seem to have been incorrectly recorded as John Boxall when he married.
John was the son
of who had been born in 1696 in Arlington, Sussex. He married twice
and raised his first family in Newhaven and the second one in Piddinghoe,
Sussex. Daniel's first wife was
(1699-1737) who was born in West Grinstead, Sussex. At the time of their
marriage in Cowfold, Sussex, Daniel was said to be of Bishopstone, Sussex.
Bishopstone to West Grinstead/Cowfold is about 25 miles as the crow flies, so
heaven knows how they came to meet. Perhaps there was a land owner with
property in both parishes, by whom Daniel was employed. Daniel's second
wife was Ann, but so far I haven't found their marriage.
Daniel's father was
(1663-?). He was a tenant on land owned by the Folkington Estate in
Sussex. Andrew was baptised in Folkington and he married married
in 1689 in Arlington, Sussex. In 1708, Andrew fathered a child by Elizabeth Jones.
(1630-1680) had been born in Seaford, Sussex, as had his father and grandfather.